SEPTEMBER 2020

Tumalo Students & Families–

I want to officially welcome you back for the 2020-21 School year! The world has changed since I wrote this letter one year ago. Remember? It was the 100 year Celebration of Tumalo Community School! The halls and gym were decorated with pictures from the past, old yearbooks and Tumalo nostalgia filled the gym. We had so many former alumni visit, socialize and reminisce about the “Bobcats” and “Tigers.” We had a 100 year celebration parade with a Model T, fire trucks and police cars! How long ago that feels right now?!

If you are like me, you yearn for those days to return! As I returned to my office at the beginning of August, I reflected on our 100 celebration and what Tumalo Community School has seen. History
allows us to look back and reflect. When our current building opened in the fall of 1919 the world was just coming out of the influenza global pandemic that ravaged the world. 100 years later we are faced with a similar challenge. Tumalo School worked through those challenges 100 years ago and we will do it again! Things will look and feel different but I’m confident over time we will return to the time when the classrooms are filled with children and our staff gets to welcome them through our doors!

I want to commend all of you as parents for partnering with us to do the best we could last spring as schools across the nation were shut down on what felt like a moment’s notice. We were all forced to take on roles that were new and scary. Most of our teachers weren’t trained on how to provide education “virtually” and most of you weren’t trained on how to teach your children how to; make letter sounds, divide fractions, find inferences in the text or develop a three paragraph essay. I can’t thank you enough for the hard work and commitment you made to your children last spring. Although we will start the year in a similar fashion, I know all our skills have improved. As a staff we have grown and learned how to deliver instruction virtually. We will provide resources that will attempt to make each day more structured and consistent for you as our parent partners. Through all of this we must continue to work together on safety protocols so we can get our children back in the building as quickly as possible.

If you are like me, I can get busy and forget to slow down and take care of those around me. I hope the silver lining in all of this allowed you to focus on your family and spend extra time with them.
July of 2020 was a happy one for the Nicklous’. Our daughter was not able to get married on our property in mid July so we flew to Washington DC for a small private ceremony in rural Virginia. Covid-19 also continues to make personal challenges for us just like all of you. We are currently in the process of deciding if our son will move to Corvallis to start his freshman year at OSU or stay home as most classes are now online. Hard questions without easy answers!

On behalf of the entire Tumalo staff, I want you to know we will all do our best to encourage, support, challenge, keep safe and, most importantly, educate your children. Our “current normal” has many challenges and I look forward to leading Tumalo Community School through these times. I’m confident our community’s togetherness is what makes Tumalo Community School such a special place. I look forward to creating partnerships with you and turning challenges into opportunities for your children!

          

JUSTIN NICKLOUS

Tumalo Community School Principal

Email     Office 541.382.2853